Spirits tax cut could give Treasury £748m

A 5% tax reduction for spirits in the UK Budget next month could boost the Treasury’s income by £748 million (US$1 billion) over the next three years, according to new data. Trade body the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) released the new figures based on modelling conducted by the Centre for Economic and Business Research. The data showed the Treasury could generate an additional £748m in duty and value added tax (VAT) over a three-year period…

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New restrictions ‘nail in the coffin’ for hospitality

The UK government will close drinks-led venues in the highest tiers across England under new strengthened restrictions on hospitality that will be enforced once the lockdown ends next week. Prime minister Boris Johnson confirmed yesterday (23 November) that England’s second lockdown will end on 2 December. Once the lockdown ends, the country will return to a toughened three-tier system, which will see bars and pubs in tier two regions only trading if customers have a…

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Urgent support needed for nightclub industry

The #SaveNightclubs campaign has written to the UK prime minister asking for a financial package to prevent a ‘devastating tsunami of job losses’. Nightclubs in the UK have now been closed for eight months due to the pandemic with no confirmed reopening date, while bars and pubs have been allowed to reopen since the first lockdown. The #SaveNightclubs campaign is a nationwide coalition that represents more than 100 nightclubs and thousands of staff. The nightclub…

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England to close bars in second lockdown

Bars, pubs and restaurants in England will be forced to shut on Thursday (5 November) as the country enters a second national lockdown in an attempt to stem the spread of Covid-19. During a news conference on Saturday (31 October), prime minister Boris Johnson announced new measures to mitigate the increase in coronavirus cases across England. On 30 October there were 12,317 new cases of Covid-19 across England. The lockdown is due to end on…

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Campaigners call for an end to 10pm curfew

Hospitality professionals in England and Wales have written an open letter to the UK government calling for an end to the 10pm curfew as on-trade revenue drops 63%. The Cancel the Curfew campaign is led by on-trade operators in England and Wales, who have written to UK prime minister Boris Johnson warning that the 10pm curfew implemented in an attempt to stem the spread of Covid-19 will spell “the end of the hospitality industry as…

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